WASHINGTON, D.C, April 29 —Bert Brandenburg, Executive Director of Justice at Stake, issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar:
Washington, D.C., April 8 - Wisconsin voters saw a flurry of last-minute television advertising in the run-up to an Election Day which featured two court-related contests: one for a seat on the state Supreme Court, and the other a proposed ballot measure to change the selection method for the court’s Chief Justice.
Washington, D.C., April 7 – Executive Director Bert Brandenburg of Justice at Stake issued the following statement after the approval of Question 1 on Tuesday:
Groups supporting and opposing Wisconsin’s Question 1 booked a flurry of last-minute television ad contracts on the eve of Tuesday’s election, according to publicly available files of the Federal Communications Commission.
A group backed by the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce is easily outspending one of its rivals, a group backed by the Greater Wisconsin Committee, in a last-minute TV ad contest over a ballot initiative that would likely dislodge state Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson from her position as Chief Justice, according to an analysis by Justice at Stake.
Washington, D.C., April 1 – A group funded by the Issues Mobilization Council of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, which is reportedly under investigation for possible campaign finance violations in connection with Gov. Walker’s campaign during the recall election, has jumped into the television advertising arena ahead of Wisconsin’s April 7 judicial elections.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 1 - Spending on television advertising contracts reached more than $612,000 in Wisconsin’s Supreme Court race this week, according to Federal Communications Commission records analyzed by Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice. The election will take place next .
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 20 - Justice at Stake is pleased to announce that attorney Elissa J. Preheim has joined its board of directors. Preheim is a litigation partner with nearly two decades of experience at Arnold & Porter.
WASHINGTON, DC, March 19 – Spending on television advertising contracts in the race for a single seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court is more than $145,000, according to an analysis of public records by Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice. Outside groups have yet to open their checkbooks for TV ads.
WASHINGTON, DC, March 2 – New polling data shows that Kansans continue to reject the politicization of the state Supreme Court with the majority in favor of the current merit-based system for choosing the justices.
WASHINGTON, DC, February 12 – Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg issued this statement today, following passage of a bill by the Arizona House Judiciary Committee to expand the State Supreme Court from five to seven members.
Washington, D.C., January 22 – Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg issued this statement today, following passage by both houses of Wisconsin’s state legislature of a proposed constitutional amendment to change the way the state’s Chief Justice is selected:
Washington, D.C., January 21 – Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg issued this statement marking today’s fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision:
WASHINGTON, D.C, January 20 — In tonight’s State of the Union address, President Obama drew much-needed attention to the growing problem of dark money in politics when he said, “A better politics is one where we spend less time drowning in dark money for ads that pull us into the gutter, and spend more time lifting young people up, with a sense of purpose and possibility, and asking them to join in the great mission of building America.” Bert Brandenburg, Executive Director of Justice at Stake, issued the following statement:
WASHINGTON, D.C, January 20 —Bert Brandenburg, Executive Director of Justice at Stake, issued the following statement on Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar:
WASHINGTON, D.C., December 24 – Florida’s rule prohibiting judges and judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign contributions helps protect judges against the appearance of judicial bias and bolsters the public’s confidence in the fairness of our courts, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and others argued in an amicus brief filed today.
WASHINGTON, D.C., December 18 – In response to a bill, HB 3022 , filed in the South Carolina legislature that would prevent state judges from recognizing or upholding marriage rights for same-sex couples, and stipulating that judges who do not dismiss cases regarding these rights will be automatically removed from the case and not be paid, Justice at Stake Director of State Affairs Debra Erenberg issued the following statement:
TV ad spending in state Supreme Court elections by outside groups, political parties, and candidates has surged to more than $13.8 million since January, surpassing the $12.2 million spent on TV advertising in the 2010 midterm elections, according to an analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice and Justice at Stake of estimates provided by Kantar Media/CMAG.
Total TV ad spending in a hard-fought Montana Supreme Court election rose to a record $291,280, fueled by checks from national groups like the Republican State Leadership Committee and Americans for Prosperity, as well as Montanans for Liberty and Justice, supported by trial attorneys
In the first election cycle since state lawmakers eliminated North Carolina’s popular public financing program for judicial elections, spending on the state’s Supreme Court race shattered records, according to state and national fair-courts advocates.
Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg issued the following statement after Illinois voters on Tuesday retained a new 10-year term for state Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier:
When Kansas voters rejected an eleventh-hour campaign to remove two top judges over a single ruling, they affirmed the importance of keeping politics out of the courtroom, Justice at Stake said.
Tennesseans’ vote to approve Amendment 2 represents a good step toward keeping politics out of the courtroom but leaves more work to be done, Justice at Stake said on Wednesday. The ballot measure will write into the state Constitution a modified Federal-style system for picking appellate judges.
With less than a week until Election Day, special interest groups have dramatically increased TV ad spending to influence state Supreme Court races in Illinois, Michigan, Montana, North Carolina, and Ohio
Candidates for North Carolina’s Supreme Court have raised a record breaking $2.9 million in campaign funds this election cycle, according to an analysis of publicly available state campaign disclosure filings by Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice.